Google Maps goes underwater

October 15, 2012 • 9:20 am

From ZDNet via alert reader P, we find that Google Maps, in its “street view” mode, has added six underwater panoramas to its repertoire.

Announced on Tuesday, the underwater vistas comprise six sites of marine interest: Wilson Island, Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay and Molokini crater; and the volcanic reserve of Apo Island in the Philippines.

“With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver — or even know how to swim — to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs,” Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth, said in a blog post.

You can find the “reef views” here, and they’re pretty cool. You can scroll around them and get a 360-degree view of some lovely marine areas, zoom in on the photos, or connect them to Google Maps to see where the sites are. Here’s a screenshot:

14 thoughts on “Google Maps goes underwater

  1. Very cool!

    But I think it’d be good to also include some recently-devastated bits in addition to the pretty pictures — ideally in the same proportion as in the real world.

    Yes, the resulting picture would be very, very depressing. But that’s the point.


    1. I don’t think Google like devastated bits. Christchurch in New Zealand still looks remarkably like it was a couple of years ago before a devastating earthquake

    1. Mine just takes me onto sand roads when I’m on the motorbike and there are good sealed roads around. I swear the damned thing is trying to kill me.

    1. I was thinking that some underwater archaeology might be interesting. There’s plenty of shallow stuff around the Med, and I’d be surprised if there were none around American or Oriental coasts too. (Actually … there’s certainly some off the Indian coast – it was temporarily exposed by the 2004-12-26 tsunami.)
      Or … since the 3d-filming has been done … how about the Grotte Chauvet? Or Cosquer, since that imposes severe natural entrance constraints?
      Or (going back to Atlantis), off the NE coast of Fira/Thera in the Santorini archipelago there is allegedly a volcanically-fuelled hydrothermal spring at between 20 and 30 m below sea-level, which is where it gets difficult for regular amateur divers to do more than a “bounce” dive.
      So many places ; so much that could be done.

    1. I don’t know where “here” is, but in the UK it’s in the listings for Saturday 20:00 (and set to record).
      There must be a town called “Here” somewhere. Google gets confused though. Unsurprisingly – too many businesses called “[something] Here” and vice versa.

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